CHASSELL - Todd Van Kleeck opened U.P. Coins four years ago to provide the five-county area a fair and honest service.
"To make sure people get the best possible price for what they have, whether it's coin collections or accumulations, currency collections, gold and silver in all forms, pocket watches, jewelry or diamonds - that's what we continue to do today," he said. "We have a reputation that I'm very proud of."
One of the biggest mistakes people can make is trusting traveling buyers who say they pay top dollar, he said. In all actuality, sellers are getting paid pennies on the dollar.
Todd Van Kleeck of U.P. Coins examines a coin collection at his Chassell home. This year marks Van Kleeck’s fourth year in business.
"One individual came to me after having been there," Todd said. "I paid them $1,100 for what they were offered $175 by the road show."
Each offer Todd makes is backed by a detailed explanation of what he's purchasing.
"We tell them what we're paying and why we're paying that amount, whether it's $100 or $100,000," he said. "We have had several situations in excess of $100,000."
Todd said compared to what the most recent buyers in town were paying, U.P. Coins was offering 50 to 100 percent more.
"People need to understand why we're here," he said. "Avoid traveling buyers like the plague or at least compare what U.P. Coins would pay to ensure you get the most for your coins, currency, gold, jewelry, pocket watches or other treasures."
Todd operates U.P. Coins out of his Chassell home and customers can either bring their collections to him or he will meet them at their convenience. He no longer offers appraisal services out of Miller's Jewelry in Hancock as there was a scheduling conflict.
Now is the time to sell, Todd said, because the price of gold and silver is at an all time high. There is a great deal of sentiment that silver prices have hit their peak and are over heated.
"Times are tough, everybody knows that," he said. "There were a couple of occasions where I went to people's houses and paid $970 for their stuff, when they were originally offered $300 (from a traveling buyer). They couldn't believe it. They were so excited they were able to fill the oil tank and go to the grocery store."
Todd wants to assure the community he's still around and that his business is going strong.
"Over a four-year period, the hundreds of customers that we deal with refer other people to us because of our honesty, integrity and our desire to ensure that the customer is satisfied and comfortable," he said. "Everything is confidential. That's what we're all about."
In today's economy, it's important that people deal with someone who is trustworthy, has a good reputation and will ensure that they get the most for their items, whether they are coins, currency, gold or silver jewelry, diamond, pocket watches or other related items.
U.P. Coins pays by cash or check and caters to the client's schedule.
"If someone has a problem with transporting what they have to me, I will go to them," he said. "I have no problem with that. People can call me from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. I am here to serve the people of the Copper Country."
Todd is very aware of the fact that people appreciate professional, personalized, extremely confidential service and that's what he provides.
"With values the way they are, everyone has some old broken jewelry, some old coins, or something of value that has more value than they think," he said. "We have that knowledge and its our business to share it with you.
"If someone out there has been to one of the traveling buyers and decided that their prices were not appropriate, and decided not to sell, they need to contact U.P. Coins to get the right, fair price," he said.
Professionally, Todd has been working with coins for 26 years and has been a collector for the past 40 years.
"I love what I do. I get to make people smile and play with coins," he said. "I have the best of both worlds."
Again, traveling buyers, whether they're from Marquette or Timbuktu, if they're not from here, U.P. Coins guarantees they'll pay more than any written offer by a traveling buyer.
For more information, call Todd Van Kleeck at 523-4206.
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